Grateful Cubans. Again.
The debate was published in the January-February edition of the magazine Foreign Policy under the general theme, "Was Fidel good for Cuba?"
Well, the feedback from readers is now in – and the responses make for intriguing reading.
Perhaps the pick of the crop comes from Wayne Smith, a one-time State Department official who was head of the US interest section in Havana in the late 1970s and who now makes a living as an academic, commenting largely on Cuban affairs.
“During the years that Cuba benefited from its markedly favourable trade relationship with the Soviet Union, it developed the most egalitarian society in the world,” Mr Smith argues.
“Its citizens couldn’t speak their minds, perhaps, but they were guaranteed food, housing, free healthcare, and education.”
Egalitarian? Guaranteed food? Housing? Must have been a very different Cuba to the place where I grew up because in that Cuba, there was never, ever any guarantee of food or housing. The only guarantee you got was a guaranteed rationing book - la libreta.
But even if we assume Mr Smith is right, why not have guaranteed food, housing, healthcare and education AND the freedom to speak your mind without fearing ending up in prison? Or worse.
Why should Cubans be the only people in the world expected to be grateful for food, housing, education and healthcare but to not be allowed to speak their mind?
Would Americans such as Mr Smith agree to such a deal? I wonder.